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The world turns UN blue

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19.10.2015 – On 24 October, nearly 190 iconic monuments, buildings, museums, bridges and other landmarks in more than 45 countries around the world will be lit up blue – the official color of the United Nations, as part of a global campaign to commemorate UN Day and the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.

I am grateful our Member States are showing such strong enthusiasm in marking 70 years of UN support for peace, development and human rights. By turning the world UN Blue for a day, we can light the way to a better tomorrow.” -UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The global celebration will kick off in New Zealand and then Australia with the lighting of the Sydney Opera House at dusk, and from there a wave of UN Blue will move across countries and continents as monuments around the world take part in the international event. 

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World famous landmarks from Denmark’s Little Mermaid Statue to the TV Tower of Berlin in Germany, from Central Hall Westminster in the UK to the Grand Place in Brussels, will be bathed in blue. Other participants include Oslo’s City Hall, the Peace Palace of the Hague in the Netherlands, the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, Edinburgh Castle in the UK and Dublin Castle in Ireland, Lisbon’s City Hall in Portugal, Slovakia’s Bratislava Castle and the Alhambra in Spain, among many others.

United Nations Headquarters in New York will light up for two nights, beginning 23 October when the annual UN Day concert will be held, and concluding on 24 October.

This global event will be covered extensively on social media using the hashtag #UNBlue in addition to our year-long hashtag #UN70 and shared with the UN’smillions of followers on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Weibo, Flickr and more.


UNRIC’s Related Links

•   Official UN 70 Website

•   Upcoming Activities in Celebration of the UN’s 70th Anniversary

•   Elyx70days Campaign

 •  Full List of UN Blue Landmarks

Photo Credits:

•   Cover - Photo: Alex

•   Second - Photo: EEAS

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